Here is a story out of Spiegel, yes, Spiegel on Iraq, titled:
Optimism Grows in Iraq as Daily Life Improves
By Bernhard Zand
There is an unexpected air of normalcy prevailing in Baghdad these days, with consumption flourishing and confidence in the government growing. The progress is astonishing, but can it last?
Well, of course they had to add that last part, but they talk of of businesses booming, pork being safely sold, Universities busy, Maliki kind of respected and Moqtada a bit laughed at as he moves from “warrier against the infidel occupiers” to a “fighter against globalization.”
Enjoy the read!